Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is a book that brings you behind the scenes to look at how the legendary artist uses photographs for his paintings. It's filled with paintings and the reference photographs from the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Apparently, Rockwell used live models for all of his work. Every model will be meticulously costumed and posed until he could get his perfect composition. Preparing the shot almost seems like an art form itself as he tirelessly puts in all the details required, sometimes to the extend of staging elaborate settings, like deciding the items to display on the table behind models. Every painting is well conceived and composed in his mind even before he lays paint on canvas. If you've read any biography of him, you won't be surprised by his dedication.
Included in this book is a great selection of his paintings and the photos he used, put side by side for comparison. The author Ron Schick has done a great job providing commentary to all the illustrations, through interviews with people who have worked with Rockwell. There's plenty of insight and a few lessons to be learned on posing models. You'll see what are the details Rockwell retains and those that he leaves out.
This is an inspiring book recommended to all admirers of Norman Rockwell's paintings, and to artists who want to learn more on using references from the master painter.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
This book is quite simply "Brilliant" It's well written and the quality of all the images are second to none! And there are a lot of images to get through.. Add to that Amazons amazing price and you just can't go wrong!!!! If you are even remotely interested Norman Rockwell, you will want this stunning book.
As an artist myself I had often wondered how on earth Norman Rockwell achieved his dazzling levels of realism. After reading this book I know! Not for those who like to retain their illusions that artwork springs, fully formed, from the imagination to the canvas, but for the rest, it's a fascinating book. I would have like more illustrations, but apart from that, highly recommended.
enjoyable and near everything it promises. ie; photos posed/ created by Rockwell in order to capture that essential unique Rockwell look in his paintings. Felt it repeated itself a little..but guess more depth into Rockwell was not what you paid your money for in this instance. Liked the pencil sketch of G.I.s sitting in the back of a truck, (prior to a finished painting)
I have been looking for this book for a while. The images are brilliant and love the photographs taken to produce Norman Rockwell's artwork. Would recommend this extremely highly to anyone wanting an insight into how art is produced.
This book lived up to its expectations. It was fascinating to see how Rockwell used his camera to such good effect. The illustrations were excellent and reproductions allowed one to see every detail. Well worth the money!